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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7:35 a.m.

For third day in a row, Spokane’s smoky air measures in ‘unhealthy’ category

Air quality in Spokane remains in the “unhealthy” category for the third straight day.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Pilot survives as Fire Boss plane goes down in Ferry County

A Fire Boss plane went down in Ferry County this afternoon while fighting one of the 70 fires that sparked around Washington after the lightning storms and winds Saturday.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Spokane starts Tuesday morning with unhealthy air

Spokane woke up to unhealthy air for the second straight day on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

2,000 acre fire near Kettle Falls burns three homes, threatens another 120, as it continues to grow

A wildfire burning northwest of Kettle Falls has leveled at least three homes and threatens another 120.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Firefighter injured Saturday in Grass Valley fire in satisfactory condition

A firefighter injured Saturday in the Grass Valley fire near Grand Coulee Dam was a volunteer from Okanogan County.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Air quality ‘unhealthy’ in Spokane, North Idaho, Northeastern Washington

Wildfire smoke that has blanketed Northeastern Washington and North Idaho, creating unhealthy breathing conditions, is expected to linger through much of the week, experts said.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Improved conditions keep fire from Coulee Dam; evacuations underway near Kettle Falls

After a day of heavy winds pushed a fire to nearly 70 square miles to the edge of the Town of Coulee Dam on Saturday, improving weather conditions helped firefighters …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Firefighter flown to Harborview; parts of Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee under mandatory evacuation from Grass Valley fire

A firefighter was injured and parts of the cities of Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam were evacuated Saturday as windy conditions created a roaring wildfire in central Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Wallet? Check. Medicine? Check. Portable Toilet? Emergency officials create checklist for fleeing wildfire

If a wildfire is nearby and you need to evacuate, have your medicine, a flashlight, family heirlooms, lots of other essentials and maybe a portable toilet ready to take with …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Silver Lake fire near Cheney is almost burnt out

After three days and 11 miles, the Silver Lake fire that burned 340 acres along Interstate 90 near Cheney is nearly burnt out.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Silver Lake fire near Cheney enters mop-up stage

The worst of the Silver Lake fire burning along Interstate 90 near Cheney is likely over as residents return home and firefighters focus Tuesday on mopping up hotspots.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Crews continue to fight fire near Davenport

The Angel Springs fire near Davenport is 15 percent contained, with crews from local, state and federal agencies working to contain it.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Evacuations ordered for residents near Silver Lake fire along I-90

A fast-moving brush fire quickly grew to 100 acres and its smoke forced brief closures on Interstate 90 in both directions near the Cheney exit as fire officials called for …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

80-acre fire north of Reardan contained

A fire burning about 8 miles north of Reardan is 100-percent lined, firefighters said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 11:55 a.m.

Wildfires prompted emergency call for Guard help

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Tuesday because of wildfires in Eastern Washington and called out National Guard troops to help fight the fires.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 4:19 p.m.

Washington governor declares wildfire state of emergency

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in the entire state due to wildfire threats.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Fires near Coeur d’Alene Airport were sparked by airplane

Several small fires sparked Monday near the Coeur d’Alene Airport were started by an airplane, Kootenai County reported on its Facebook page.


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 6:37 a.m.

Firefighters douse fire near Newman Lake

More than 40 firefighters, multiple fire trucks and air crews battled a five acre brush fire north of Newman Lake.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Firefighters battling several brush fires near Coeur d’Alene Airport

North Idaho firefighters are battling several small brush fires near the Coeur d’Alene Airport. Jim Lyons, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District, said crews were battling about seven fires, though …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 12:32 p.m.

Volunteers begin rebuilding mountain bike trails damaged by the Upriver Beacon Fire

With the blunt and honest self-reflection unique to teenagers, Ben Pino, 15, summarized what many Spokane-area mountain bikers must have felt last week as fires burned the Beacon Hill and …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 9:08 a.m.

Fire near Spokane dies down, but conditions remain primed for more activity this week

Fire officials say a small wildfire that sparked near Valleyford on Saturday afternoon is unlikely to grow in size.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Wildfire burning 70,000 acres closes I-90 near Vantage; Spokane wakes up to smoky skies

A wildfire in Kittitas County has burned 70,000 acres and closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 near Vantage. The Boylston fire is among several that are scorching scrubland and wheat …


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Upriver Beacon fire likely damaged popular mountain biking trails

The fires that burned more than 100 acres of land, destroyed at least one home and forced hundreds of evacuations will also impact the local mountain biking community.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Upriver Beacon fire largely contained; three structures lost

Firefighters said Thursday morning that the Upriver Beacon fire has been largely contained.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 12:03 p.m.

Evacuated residents return to homes as crews mop up fire on Beacon Hill

People returned to their homes in the Beacon Hill area Wednesday morning after a fast-moving wildfire burned more than 115 acres and forced evacuations.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 8:17 a.m.

Nearly 800 homes evacuated as wildfire engulfs home north of Upriver Drive

Hundreds of Spokane County residents who live north of the Upriver Dam were forced to evacuate late Tuesday afternoon by a fast-moving wildfire that quickly consumed 200 acres.


UPDATED: Sun., July 15, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

Crews work to contain 2,400-acre fire near Colville Reservation; evacuation notices lifted for regions near Soap Lake

The Rattlesnake fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation near Lake Roosevelt is about 40-percent contained, fire officials said Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

Vantage evacuation lifted as wildfires near Columbia River burn brush and grass

Two wildfires sparked Tuesday in Central Washington, their flames coming close to major highways and forcing evacuations.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Red flag warning in Spokane due to overnight, morning thunderstorms

Forecasted wind gusts reaching 50 mph and lightning could combine to spark wildfires in the Columbia Basin, on the Palouse and near Spokane, the National Weather Service warned. The warning …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

Reg Flag Warning issued in Spokane County and surrounding areas until Saturday

Spokane will be under a Red Flag Warning from 2 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Saturday morning. A Red Flag Warning signals a high risk for fire. Windy weather, low …